[easyazon-image-link asin="B004G600A4" alt="Tangled" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/6194D-hiQtL._SL160_.jpg" align="left" width="113" height="160"]Tangled is about a young princess, Rapunzel, taken from her parents because of her magic hair. The witch who takes her (known as ‘mother’ in the film) wants to stay young and live forever. She has discovered she can do this by listening to Rapunzel singing whilst combing her extraordinarily long hair. Rapunzel is kept captive in a tall tower and has never been allowed into the real world. One day a young man, Flynn, comes across the tower and finds the princess. He agrees to help her escape and in the process, they fall in love. The rest of the film revolves around the adventures and fun they have as they make their way to the village for the lantern festival. The pair have to escape from all sorts of problems and eventually come face to face with the witch who has kept Rapunzel captive all these years. The film has a happy ending however, as eventually the princess is reunited with her real parents and lives ‘happily ever after’ with Flynn.
Scene 10 from 1 hour 17 minutes until 1 hour 24 minutes (or until the end of the film if you have time) Approximately 7 minutes.
The scene I have chosen from this film shows two acts of self sacrifice by Rapunzel and Flynn, due to their deep love for each other. This would be a great way to introduce the Easter story and the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. This film clip will help the children to understand the concept of ‘sacrifice’ and also to appreciate how much Jesus loved us, that he gave up his own life, so that we could be friends with God and have the opportunity of eternal life with him.
Towards the end of the film, whilst Flynn is trying to rescue Rapunzel, he is fatally stabbed by the witch. Rapunzel knows that her hair can save him and so she requests that if the witch will allow her to save Flynn with her magic hair, then she will agree to stay with the witch for ever and let her use her hair to stay young. This is the first sacrifice, ie that Rapunzel is willing to give up her chance of freedom and a ‘normal life’ so that her friend Flynn can live. Flynn, however, has other ideas and decides to cut off Rapunzel’s hair so that the witch will no longer be able to use its power and will therefore die. By doing this he gives up his one opportunity to be healed from the stab wound and for his life to be saved. His love for Rapunzel is so great, that he cannot face the thought of her having to stay with the witch for the rest of her life. The second sacrifice is therefore the fact that Flynn gives up his own life so that Rapunzel can be free from the witch. (Younger children could find some parts of this film a clip a little scary and so I would aim to use it with your older children.)
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